DA to approach SAHRC over KZN flood victims housed in community halls
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is visiting community halls across eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, which house flood victims who have yet to receive temporary accommodation.
On Tuesday, DA KZN leader Francois Rodgers, together with the party’s provincial spokesperson for social development, Mmabatho Tembe, DA KZN spokesperson for human settlements, Marlaine Nair and councilors carried out inspections of supervision in community halls.
Earlier this year in May, floods destroyed several homes and infrastructure in KZN, killing more than 400 people. More than 6,000 people were also left homeless.
The KZN government is building temporary accommodation for the displaced victims. The DA, however, said progress is slow as flood victims continue to live in “inhumane” conditions.
Celebration said they would approach the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about the conditions in some of these rooms.
Flood relief programs
In June, the National Treasury approved over R1 billion in short-term disaster relief which will be directed to flood relief programmes.
However, they said the province needed R17 billion to repair flood damage.
“I sit on the province’s finance portfolio committee and to date we have yet to receive confirmation of additional funding in the province.
“We’re sitting in a flooded refugee situation, and if you have a government that cares about us and we’ve been told there’s money to be accessed, then for heaven’s sake, access the money,” Rodgers said.
Department of Human Settlements
In June, the Minister of Human SettlementsMmamoloko Kubayi said eight contractors had been appointed to construct the Temporary Living Units (TRUs).
“The Provincial Department of Human Settlements was able to appoint eight contractors from its panel to construct much needed TRUs to accommodate affected families in eThekwini Municipality, iLembe, Ugu and uMzinyathi Districts.
“A social facilitator has been attached to each mass care center to identify affected families who have their own sites available to build houses. In addition, the department is issuing building material voucher orders for residents who are rebuilding their own homes,” Kubayi said.
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